Piffcast: The Legend of Zelda and Cody Gough

Following the big news and exciting events from E3 2016 in Los Angeles, Cody Gough joined the show to discuss all the gaming highlights and lowlights. He tells you why Nintendo and Zelda blew everyone away, how he got into gaming, the consoles he grew up with and much more. You can hear Cody on WGN Radio and his podcast, ‘Game/Life Balance U.S.‘ (14:16 mark, if you want to jump ahead)

 

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep8 “I Choose Violence”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

We. Got. Violence…Thanks to the big bad brothers from Hell. The Cleganes are on very different paths, leaving a trail of blood in their wake. The Mountain does so in the name of his queen and to protect her. The Hound is his own man, dealing in revenge but also looking for for some kind of redemption. At this rate, however, the #CleganeBowl looks further and further in the distance.

Meanwhile, Arya put Waif’s face on the wall and took her name back. Missandei and Grey Worm became the new Dharma and Greg. Tommen turned full heel. Jaime runs Riverrun. Brienne got a “Good job, Good Effort”. Cersei picked up one last card to play…

And making her triumphant return to Meereen…

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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I don’t know what Daenerys expected to find when she got back, but I don’t think it was Master ships throwing fireballs at her city. We may need to wait until the finale, but I think we’re going to see her first example of her opponents on the sea. She now has 3 dragons,  her khalasar, the Unsullied and the Second Sons and they are going to get some practice in conquering.

2. The Night King (Previously 2nd)

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His presence is such a threat, even the Brotherhood Without Banners is heading to the wall to fight. The fight between “the living and the dead” should be a major focus for the next two seasons.

3. Jaime Lannister (Previously 15th)

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Jaime OWNED this week’s episode. He maintained his honor, allowing Brienne safe passage to speak with the Blackfish and to keep Oathkeeper, while instilling enough fear in Edmure to turn over Riverrun. All season long, Jaime has grown more and more comfortable in his own skill and driven to achieve what he believes he and his sister deserve. As he said in the episode, Cersei is willing to burn down cities for her children. What do you think Edmure will be willing to do for her, especially after Tommen officially turned his back on her?

4. High Sparrow (Previously 4th)

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Tommen’s decree to eliminate Trials by Combat was a clear sign of the High Sparrow pulling the strings. Once Lancel got back to him about how dangerous Zombie Mountain is, The Sparrow had to insure that her fate would be in his hands. Unfortunately for the Sparrow and the rest of King’s Landing, Cersei is ready to make everyone pay.

5. Jon Snow (Previously 8th)

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I can’t wait for The Battle of The Bastards. Ramsay may have more men but Jon’s army has more purpose. In these big battles, he’s 1-1 (The Wall and Hardhome) but he comes away accomplishing what he set out to do. Jon is a great leader in battle and has proven warriors all around him. Can’t help but think there will be some surprises that go in his favor as well.

6. Sansa Stark (Previously 9th)

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It is the Stark name that is on the line in the upcoming battle with Ramsay, which Sansa has, but it’s Jon that the bulk of their forces (Free Folk) are fighting for. She makes a great point in the teaser, that she knows Ramsay better, however it will be Jon doing the fighting on the battlefield. I still stand by the X-Factor being Sansa’s Raven coming through in the clutch…that coming in the form of Littlefinger and the Vale.

7. Ser Davos (Previously 4th)

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There is a lot of Davos in the teaser, and rightfully so. This is the battle that he wanted to fight for Stannis and will have his former king in mind when doing so.

8. Bran Stark (Previously 3rd)

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I don’t think there’s any question that Bran could be the most powerful character on the series, with the potential ability to even turn Dany’s dragons against her, but he hasn’t realized it yet. He also doesn’t seem to have a bearing on the result of this battle that his siblings are heavily involved with. Have to imagine we’ll get some more clarity on him before the season is up though.

9. Queen Margaery (Previously 6th)

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Margaery is still playing the game but now it seems more for survival. Cersei isn’t going to let her fate be l decided by the High Sparrow and I don’t think Margaery wants Lancel’s to be either. At this point, she can help Cersei or sit idly by as queen and possibly be literally burned for it. Her note to Olenna signified that she is still loyal to House Tyrell at this point.

10. The Hound (Previously 21st)

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Sandor got his revenge for Brother Ray in a hurry. After seeing him chop in his path to pieces, we were reminded just how dangerous The Hound really is. Teaming up with Beric gives him some direction again has seems to be concerned with doing more good than evil with the rest of his life. What gives him the edge over his now undead brother is the fact he has control over his life…

11. Zombie Mountain (Previously 20th)

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…but even if Gregor is at Cersei’s bidding, he’s practically an unstoppable force. He made ripping off the Faith Militant member’s head look way too easy.

12. Benjen Stark (Previously 12th)

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Healed the same way White Walkers were created, Benjen knows a thing or two about how to defeat them. As forces, like the Brotherhood Without Banners, start heading north to fight the REAL war, Benjen will be one of their best weapons after Bran.

13. Arya Stark (Previously 46th)

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Arya has her name back and she’s getting the hell out of Braavos. That’s a win for all of us. Seems like fighting in the dark is her strong suit too. Let’s just hope her siblings are still alive when she gets back.

14. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 18th)

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PLEASE LET THIS NEXT EPISODE BE RAMSAY’S LAST!

15. Petyr Baelish (Previously 14th)

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I see Jon and Ramsay’s armies tearing each other to shreds. When things look the bleakest for the Starks, then Lord Baelish and his Vale fighters can clean house…like the Riders of Rohan in The Two Towers.

There are quite a few similarities to Lord of The Rings. Can’t blame me when I make them.

16. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 19th)

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Tormund was one of the most impressive warriors in the Free Folk’s siege on Castle Black. The Bolton army is going to be heavily armed and better skilled than the “Crows”, but Tormund and his people know what’s at stake and are more battle tested as well. Of those fighting for Jon and Sansa, he and the free folk will have the most heart (and numbers) doing so.

17. Drogon (Previously 23rd)

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Who is ready to see Drogon light up some Masters…

18. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 25th)

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…and with his brothers.

19. Wun Wun (Previously 24th)

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I love the visual in the teaser of Wun Wun chokeslamming dudes right and left. I don’t know if he makes it out of the battle alive, but I do know he’s going to take a ton of jerks with him.

20. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 10th)

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Tyrion’s face when he saw Dany walk into the room reminded me of what it’s like when your parents come home early while you’re throwing a party. It’s not really fair to let Tyrion fall this far, considering he did bring some stability to the people of Meereen, but he did underestimate the Masters…That’s why there are giant fireballs being thrown at the city.

Without Varys to have his back, will Tyrion be in Dany’s doghouse or will he be able to regain everyone’s trust as an advisor.

21. Cersei Lannister (Previously 11th)

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Cersei doesn’t just get put in the corner by Tommen. She get’s her heartbroken as her only remaining son turns his back on her. The Trial by Combat felt like it was in the bag, but now she has to take the most desperate of measures…for survival and revenge.

That rumor she was referring to with Qyburn may have to do with the massive supply of Wildfire. We’ve seen that movie before…

22. Brienne (Previously 13th)

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As Brienne said, she failed. Her job was to convince The Blackfish to help Sansa’s forces and she couldn’t. It was a valiant effort though and her exchange with Jaime showed how much respect he has for her. There may have been some foreshadowing too when they suggested it could eventually come to face-off.

23. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 17th)

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The assault on Meereen by the Masters may be as good a nudge as any for Daenerys and company to finally get going to Westeros. They need ships though and Euron has a leg up on Yara and Theon. It was Euron’s idea to align with Daenerys in the first place. He must have a plan once he meets her.

24. Daario Naharis (Previously 26th) 

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Daario will be ready for some action when he returns to Meereen. Learning a thing or two from Jorah should help too. Still concerned with how well the Sons of the Harpy were able to organize and get Daenerys to flee in the first place. Either Daario puts his #TrueDetective skills to use or I’ll go back to having my suspicions about him.

25. Varys (Previously 16th)

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Interesting how Varys got out of Dodge right before things heated up. I do believe he is invested in helping Daenerys and Tyrion. What kind of help is he looking for in Westeros though? Greyjoys? Starks? Glovers?

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 27th)

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If there’s one thing you can say about Baratheon’s, they sure don’t last on the Iron Throne. Tommen may have mad his last decree by turning on his mother but for now, he’s keeping the crown occupied.

27. Kevan Lannister (Previously 14th)

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I don’t get what Kevan has to gain from being a jerk to Cersei and Jaime. They might not have the best reputations but they are family…and they are dangerous.

28. Grey Worm (Previously 36th)

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Big episode for Grey Worm:

  1. Got to tell his first “joke”.
  2. Made Missandei laugh.
  3. Told Tyrion “I told you so”.
  4. Got his queen back.

Now Grey Worm fights and maybe that makes him happy, a little.

29. Edmure Tully (Previously 73rd)

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Even if it’s all thanks to Jaime, Edmure made the biggest swing in the rankings by going from zero to Lord of Riverrun. Can’t blame him for getting upset with the Blackfish…ya know, for telling the Freys to go ahead and kill him.

30. Beric Dondarrion (Previously NR)

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This is exactly how I feel about Ser Beric.

Sorry that killed your buzz, Stoneheart fanatics.

31. Thoros of Myr (Previously NR)

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Of all the Lord of Light magicians, Thoros has shown to have the most practice bringing people back to life. He also has a very clear idea of who the real enemy is up in the North…

32. Bronn (Previously 32nd)

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Bronn has no chill, and that’s why we love him. I thought his admission to preferring the “little” Lannister brother more was great. What happens in the scenario when Jaime has to go against either Brienne or Tyrion in the future?

33. Ghost (Previously 33rd)

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The time to avenge his siblings is near…

34. Melisandre (Previously 30th)

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Melisandre has been uncharacteristically quiet since the 3rd episode. Her powers will needed for this coming battle though.

35. Missandei (Previously 35th)

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Dharma and Greg aka Missandei and Grey Worm were super adorable during their wine tasting with Tyrion. It was very impressive how quick she was to grab a knife though when the pyramid seemed to be under attack.

36. Lyanna Mormont (Previously 34)

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I don’t know how much fighting Lyanna will do this Sunday, but it sounds like her “Bear” fighters are going to do some impressive damage.

37. Robin Arryn (Previously 52nd)

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Who woulda thunk that Robin would end up being a potential X-Factor, and could possibly save Sansa (who slapped him) from impending Bolton doom. I would be very surprised if her Raven was intended for anyone else.

38. Dim Dalba (Previously 41st)

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Usually new Wildlings are introduced to us and then go out in a blaze of glory right after. I don’t expect much different from Dim Dalba, but I bet he takes quite a few Flayed Men with him.

39. Yohn Royce (Previously 49th)

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Redemption time is near. Hopefully Commander Royce doesn’t betray Sansa again.

40. Smalljon Umber (Previously 62nd)

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Of everyone participating in the Battle of Bastards, I trust a guy named Smalljon the least. But being a part of the battle and offering a ton of trips makes him more valuable than several after him.

41. Harald Karstark (Previously 63rd)

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…still wondering if the Karstarks flip, like Sansa suggested.

 

42. Qyburn (Previously 50th)

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Qyburn kinda lives for chaos. After all the shit he gets from Pycelle, I hope he gets to kill the old coot.

43. Kinvara (Previously 22nd)Kinvara

Yes, her priestesses helped bring stability to Meereen. But we didn’t even see her at work and that really didn’t last long.

44. Jorah Mormont (Previously 28th)

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Somebody’s going to be really lucky when this guy shows up…Just unsure of who or where.

45. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 29th)

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Things pretty quiet at Castle Black in the Edd era?

46. Jaqen H’ghar (Previously 31st)

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I still don’t know what to make of Jaqen. Sending Waif after Arya was apparently further training. He wasn’t too beat up over her decision to leave the and stop talking in the 3rd person. Was he just a murderous Jedi Master, preparing Arya for what’s to come? Does he follow her on the journey out of Braavos?

47. Meera (Previously 42nd)

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She has spent the majority of this season sitting, but as we know…Bran Stark is going to need her.

48. Podrick Payne (Previously 45th)

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Pod’s “Little Brother” demeanor continues to be adorable after 6 seasons and I appreciate him owning up to his squire role to Brienne, while also trying to grow as a fighter.

49. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 39th)

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The race to Daenerys is officially on between Euron and Yara, but I don’t know how either one will help immediately as Meereen is under siege. As mentioned before, Euron and has Iron Born army  seem to have the leg up.

50. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 40th)

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If Varys was going to search for help, at least he has Theon to relate to.

51. Samwell Tarly (Previously 43rd)

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I am going to stand by my prediction that Samwell and Jorah cross paths sooner than later.

52. Gilly (Previously 44th)

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Still hope she kept the dress.

53. Robett Glover (Previously 51st)

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It would be quite a nice break if House Glover joined the Vale in helping Sansa fight Ramsay.

54. Walder Frey (Previously 60th)

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Old and creepy as fuck, but he did get his way. The idea to bargain with Edmure was his as well.

55. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 47th)

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Getting out of King’s Landing was the smartest thing Olenna could do, as Cersei seems prepared to burn it all down. As much as she despises Cersei, her plotting abilities could prove helpful to carry out that plan.

56. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 59th)

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I would think Aeron has assumed the role as Euron’s righthand-man.

57. Rickon Stark (Previously 61st)

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Part of me hopes Ramsay has left Rickon alive, as a way to gain support of the rest of the North. The other part of me knows how horrible Ramsay is and I’m worried we’ll see Rickon’s head on a pike at the Battle of the Bastards.

58. Lothar Frey (Previously 70th)

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At least Lothar gets that Jaime is the boss.

59. Walder Rivers (Previously 69th)

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Severe case of “Bitch Face”.

60. Ellaria Sand (Previously 52nd)

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I have not been able to update her photo since the premiere…

61. Tyene Sand (Previously 53rd)

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…or hers…

62. Nymeria Sand (Previously 54th)

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…or hers…

63. Obara Sand (Previously 55th)

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…I don’t think I’ll ever update her’s. This one’s pretty good.

64. Septa Unella (Previously 48th)

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Who do you think gets to kill the Septa: Cersei or Margaery?

65. Melessa Tarly (Previously 57th)

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The real boss of House Tarly.

66. Randyll Tarly (Previously 58th)

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Has he organized the search party for his sword yet?

67. Talla Tarly (Previously 65th)

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Going to make this a weekly reminder that Talla was hushed when mentioning the guy she is set to marry…and that might matter.

68. Dickon Tarly (Previously 66th)

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When trying to guess what Chicago suburb Dickon may have come from, I would peg him as either a Lake Forest or Barrington bro. You know exactly what I mean, if you’re from the area.

69. Lancel Lannister (Previously 67th)

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Lancel’s face as The Mountain popped off his faith militant buddy’s head…was…priceless.

70. Lhazareen (Previously 71st)

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Welcome to Meereen.

71. Ser Loras (Previously 72nd)

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THERE’S STILL HOPE FOR YOU LANCEL! I BELIEVE IT (not really).

72. Mace Tyrell (Previously 74th)

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How does this guy standby and watch Tommen basically condemn his only son?

73. Maester Pycelle (Previously 75th)

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Admit it, you thought Pycelle was just farting the entire time he was whispering to Tommen.

Anyone too high or too low in this week’s rankings? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.  Don’t forget to checkout The Piffcast, where we regularly discuss the show. 

 

More Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

S6 Ep. 4 – “Bow To Your Khaleesi”

S6 Ep. 5 – “What Willis Was Talking About”

S6 Ep. 6 – “The Ties That Bind”

S6 Ep. 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

S6 Ep. 8 – “I Choose Violence”

Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep7 “There Will Be Blood”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

When Game of Thrones elects to start an episode with a cold open, rather than their heart pumping theme, there’s usually a good reason for it. I’ve personally used my puppy emoji in texts and tweets way more than I had before thanks to the open. Unfortunately we had a short-lived experience with one HBO’s all-time great alums…

McShane of Thrones

This will not be the last we see of Ian McShane as he will be starring in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods coming to STARZ in 2017. If you love Thrones, I recommend giving Gaiman’s book a read and preparing for what should be an awesome TV adaptation. McShane will play Mr. Wednesday, and he may be the best actor for it.

But that’s not why you called…

#CleganeBowl is back on. Arya needs to get out of Braavos. Yara gets some. The Queen of Thorns throws serious shade. Jon and Sansa are on the recruiting trail. Oh, and Brynden Tully has zero Fucks to give. Also, FINALLY…A CASTLE WITH A MOAT!

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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Daenerys Stormborn remains Queen of the Rankings, even without an appearance this week. Daenerys’ reputation is growing rapidly, as we see Yara and Theon banking their futures on aligning with her to take back the Iron Isles. We know that she and her dragons are key to defeating “Winter”, that the high Red priestess believes has foreseen her rule, and her army is only growing. Which Greyjoy tandem will she choose to get her ships though…Euron & Aeron or Yara & Theon?

2. The Night King (Previously 2nd)

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The Night King is only referenced in the episode, but he is part of the compelling argument that Davos makes at House Mormont. Davos fully understands that it’s all of humanity vs. The Night King, and that’s why we hold him in lofty regard.

3. Bran Stark (Previously 3rd)

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Bran’s understanding of his powers is just getting stronger and Benjen is there to remind him how important that is.

4. Ser Davos (Previously 13th)

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Davos reminded us again how excellent a recruiter he is. When neither Jon or Sansa could convince Lady Mormont why she should put her people’s lives on the line for them, Davos did he his classic relatable thing and won her over. Despite snide remarks and glares from Sansa, she and Jon are much better off with his advisement than without it.

5. High Sparrow (Previously 6th)

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The High Sparrow is certainly in the catbird seat. He is the puppet master and Tommen is his, well…ya know, which makes him the most powerful man in King’s Landing. Pressuring Margaery to give Tommen an heir and threatening her grandmother though? We saw her pass the note to Olenna, and he seems to be underestimating Cersei. I don’t think he’ll be sitting pretty for very long.

6. Queen Margaery (Previously 8th)

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The circumstances are not ideal but Margaery is queen. She may have the Septa lurking over her shoulder and appears to have bought in to the High Sparrow’s ways, but I think she is much more cunning than that. I also don’t believe she has totally sold out her brother like she says she has.

7. Brynden Tully (Previously 10th)

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The Blackfish is the most important variable to Sansa and Jon’s fight against Ramsay. If he can somehow het past the Lannister and Frey forces, there is hope for the Starks to have a formidable army. His willingness to let Edmure die in order to keep Riverrun and to stand with his back to Jaime (who stabbed his king in the back) shows how tough and arrogant this S.O.B. really is.

8. Jon Snow (Previously 5th)

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Jon finally seemed back to rallying form when he spoke with the Free Folk. He was humble yet forceful and convincing when speaking to their leaders about fighting with him, which is what we’ve come to love about Jon. He was knocked back a bit after a tough grilling from young Lady Mormont and a full out rejection from House Glover. However, he is exactly why the Starks have the bulk of their army and he’s ready to take them into battle as soon as possible to get Rickon back.

9. Sansa Stark (Previously 4th)

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This wasn’t a great episode for Sansa. When trying to remind Northerners of how she was treated and their allegiances to House Stark, the response was not subtle. Both Mormont and Glover suffered when serving her brother Rob, so her assertiveness was not greeted too kindly. The sass she gave Jon over having Davos as an advisor and scoffing at their forces was not a great look either. One can assume though that the letter she is writing will be going to Petyr Baelish…who has Vale forces ready to assist.

10. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 7th)

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Based on the next episode’s description, we’re going to find out how well his propaganda experiment went. It was a well-thought out and calculated move to gain the trust of Meereen, after dealing with Slavers. Hopefully the philosophy doesn’t clash with Daenerys’ wishes, but at least he has her two other dragons on his side…

11. Cersei Lannister (Previously 9th)

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As Olenna pointed out, Cersei is missing a lot of backup. She does have her Zombie Mountain, Qyburn and a Trial by Combat coming. I would also think that she and Queen Margaery have a common interest, or more of an “enemy of my enemy” type bond. I don’t doubt her success in the Trial and I think she’ll be getting the blood she’s wanted all season long.

12. Benjen Stark (Previously 11th)

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Benjen is now the key to Bran realizing his full potential. Hopefully Jon gets to see him too.

13. Brienne (Previously 12th)

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If House Tully is going to make it to help Sansa and Jon, Brienne has reach Brynden before Jaime does with a sword. Brynden knows Brienne from her service to Catelyn, and Jaime knows her well too. We see the Blackfish pull out his sword in her presence and Jaime does a lot of shouting in the teaser. Maybe she brings the two to an understanding, as Jaime did promise Sansa would be safe to Brynden’s niece…?

14. Petyr Baelish (Previously 14th)

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Based on the assumption that the raven Sansa is sending was intended for Littlefinger, the Vale increases her and Jon’s odds immensely. Petyr Baelish is full of surprises though. How do we know he won’t flip flop sides on her…again?

15. Jaime Lannister (Previously 19th)

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The backhand Jaime gave to Walder Rivers would make Djokovic proud. Like Cersei, Jaime is looking for blood but I don’t know if he really wants to do it on behalf of the Freys. He clearly doesn’t respect them, and he’s even less inlined to serve either Tommen or The High Sparrow.

Something that has always struck me about Jaime though, despite his incest issues, is how important honor is to him. With Brynden out in the open and having his back turned, Jaime could’ve ended the whole dispute with a quick pull of his sword. Nope. That’s not how Jaime rolls.

16. Varys (Previously 16th)

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Since we last saw Varys, he was getting burned bad by Kinvara. At this point, he’s still Tyrion’s most trusted advisor in a city they rule and he knows more about everything than anyone else. Will Kinvara keep terrorizing him though? She seems to know a bit too much about him.

17. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 17th)

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Euron has a leg up on Yara and Theon getting to Daenerys. He obviously knows her reputation better from his travels and he is the one with access to building ships since he wears the crown. He has a Ramsay-esque screw loose and arrogance too that might not go over well with the Mother of Dragons.

18. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 18th)

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This is a nice streak of Ramsay-less episodes.

19. Tormund (Previously 22nd)

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I can’t wait to see Tormund back in battle. I don’t understand the”Southerner” prejudice toward him and his people. They’re too respectful to hate. He did some nice rallying for Jon too with the other Free Folk leaders.

20. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

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Mountain…Smash! From what we see in the teaser, THAT’s finally coming.

21. Sandor Clegane (Previously NR)

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Welcome back, Sandor Clegane!

I feel much better about predicting his return for the last few weeks. Here we find The Hound trying to be civilized and peaceful. How can’t you be with Ian McShane? Then after he felt sort of at home and helpful, some jerks kill his new friends and he’s out looking for blood.

There have been predictions that #CleganeBowl, the battle of the brothers, will be Cersei’s Trial by Combat. I think he has other unfinished business to take care of first, regarding the Brothers Without Banners who slaughtered his community, and the Trial is coming too soon for him to be making an appearance in King’s Landing.

22. Kinvara (Previously 24th)

Kinvara

Meereen’s Secretary of Propaganda is going to show us her stuff this coming week and I’m only curious how Daenerys feels about someone manipulating her people. We do know she’s very powerful though, considering she’s #1 on the Red Woman depth chart.

23. Drogon (Previously 20th)

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Death from above.

24. Wun Wun (Previously 31)

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“Snow.”

He speaks! What would have his colleagues have done if he didn’t agree to help Jon though?

25. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 30th)

Rhaegal Viserion

Pumped for the family reunion.

26. Daario Naharis (Previously 27th)

Daario

I assume Daario will rank pretty high in Daenerys’ army when they return to Meereen. He’s really going to hate Euron though.

27. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 26th)

Tommen

Who is Tommen rooting for in the Trial by Combat? If his balls would drop, there wouldn’t even be one.

28. Jorah Mormont (Previously 25th)

Ser Jorah

After seeing more House Mormont, I would love to see Jorah get back home to help their cause. He seems a bit far away though and I’ll maintain that he’s going to be crossing paths with the Maesters at the Citadel to cure his greyscale.

29. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 29th)

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If Bran’s coming to the Wall, he’s going to want Commander Edd’s help…who has also seen the White Walkers in action.

30. Melisandre (Previously 23rd)

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Melisandre has been in multiple episodes in a row now with zero impact since bringing Jon back to life. Whenever she’s ready to do something cool again, I’ll be waiting.

31. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 36th)

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What’s Jaqen’s plan for Waif, since she didn’t kill Arya quickly like he ordered? There is a theory that Waif is basically a figment of Arya’s imagination. If that’s true, then Jaqen’s powers are crazier than even I thought.

32. Bronn (Previously 33rd) 

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“A Lannister always pays his…”

“Don’t say it. Don’t fucking say it!”

Missed you, Bronn.

33. Ghost (Previously 32nd)

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If Ramsay dies, I want Ghost to at least get a bite of him.

34. Lyanna Mormont (Newbie)

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Who didn’t love this “talk to the hand” moment? She may have just 62 fighters, but Lyanna is more assertive and mature than any of the characters we’ve seen at her age. She also comes off as a responsible leader with her people in mind first. Davos made the best argument of all to recruit her as well, “the living vs the dead”.

35. Missandei (Previously 38th)

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Daenerys’ circle of trust is going to be pretty crowded when she gets back.

36. Grey Worm (Previously 39th)

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Grey Worm has some rage to unleash. Have not seen him swing his spear yet all season.

37. Ollenna Tyrell (Previously 48th)

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At least Olenna is finding joy in something, even if it’s Cersei’s failures. I don’t think she’s leaving King’s Landing quite yet without Cersei’s help.

38. Robin Arryn (Previously 52nd)

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If Sansa is writing for Littlefinger’s help, then that makes Robin Arryn and his moon roof relevant again.

39. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 41)

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Good for you, Yara. Happy she’s able to have “love” for a short bit before going on a mission that could get her killed. Maybe don’t tell the person who has your back the most to kill himself though…

40. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 42nd)

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One question: If Theon is missing his manhood, where does all the ale he’s chugging go? Oh wait…grosssssss

41. Dim Dalba (Newbie)

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I had no idea how tall this guy was until he walked up to brace forearms with Jon.

42. Meera (Previously 35th)

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Being on Team Bran isn’t the safest, but it might be the most important place to be.

43. Samwell Tarly (Previously 52nd)

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How soon will Sam put his family’s sword to use?

44. Gilly (Previously 37th)

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Does Gilly just keep wearing the dress wherever she goes and does Talla want it back?

45. Podrick (Previously 40th)

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I know Podrick-Bronn is the reunion we’ve all been waiting for.

46. Arya Stark (Previously 28th)

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GET OUT OF BRAAVOS ALREADY!

47. Waif (Previously 58th)

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Waif is totally going to regret not killing Arya when she had the chance. If she’s a Fight Club/Mr. Robot ripoff though, I’ll be pretty disappointed.

48. Septa Unella (Previously 62nd)

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Septa moves up for still having some authority over Margaery, but I share Olenna Tyrell’s sentiments.

49. Yohn Royce (Previously 53rd)

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If Petyr is coming to save the day for the Starks, Royce has his chance to redeem himself for selling Sansa out.

50. Qyburn (Previously 47th)

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Besides prepping The Mountain, Qyburn also gathers intel and should have some tricks up his sleeve when things get hairy for Cersei in King’s Landing.

51. Robett Glover (Newbie)

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While I can’t condone his bigotry toward the Free Folk, he makes good points not wanting to jump into battle with Jon and Sansa. He saw this movie before with Rob, and he won’t put his people in danger without better odds.

52. Ellaria Sand (Previously 43rd)

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So we just gave up on the Sands entirely after the premiere, huh?

53. Tyene Sand (Previously 44th)

Tyene

I mean…

54. Nymeria Sand (Previously 45th)

Nymera

…what was the point of killing the Martels then?

55. Obara Sand (Previously 46th)

Obara

Seriously.

56. Lem Lemoncloak (Newbie) 

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Representing Brothers without Banners, the dude in the putrid colored cloak led a raid to kill a whole bunch of innocent and defenseless people. However, this may open the door to the return of ANOTHER character that we thought was dead…

That’s all I’ll say.

57. Melessa Tarly (Previously 49th)

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Melessa may be the last line of defense between Randyll and her son. Not sure how sympathetic she is after he left without saying bye though…

Kidding, she seems compassionate.

58. Randyll Tarly (Previously 50th)

Randyl

He’s, um, pleasent.

59. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 54th)

Aeron

How pruney are this guy’s fingers and feet after being in water so much?

60. Walder Frey (Previously 51)

Walder Frey

Creepy ass old man, whose sons can’t even conduct a proper siege.

61. Rickon Stark (Previously 57th)

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Anyone else worried that Rickon isn’t okay?

62. Smalljon Umber (Previously 48th)

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Is Smalljon code for something?

63. Harald Karstark (Previously 56th)

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…still wonder if the Karstarks flip, like Sansa suggested.

64. Lancel Lannister (Previously 63rd)

Lancel

 He leads the evil agents of the faith, but he’s going to be praying to anyone else who will listen when the Mountain gets to him.

65. Talla Tarly (Previously 59th)

Talla

Going to make this a weekly reminder that Talla was hushed when mentioning the guy she is set to marry…and that might matter.

66. Dickon Tarly (Previously 60th)

Dickon

Unfortunate name, bro.

67. Zanrush (Previously 61st)

Zanrush

This man has seen some things.

68. Lady Crane (Previously 64th)

Lady Crane

Ive cut out the rest of her acting group, but the hit on Lady Crane affected Arya enough to go rogue…

69. Walder Rivers (Previously 65th)

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How does the back of Jaime’s hand taste?

70. Lothar Frey (Previously 66th)

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The less assertive of the Frey douches.

71. Lhazareen (Previously 67th)

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Wonder how she’ll feel about Meereen.

72. Ser Loras (Previously 71)

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Everybody but Cersei and Olenna has abandoned him…Maybe Margaery hasn’t either.

73. Edmure Tully (Previously 70th)

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Edmure, on the otherhand, was totally bailed on by Brynden. Sorry, dude. At least Jaime is getting him bathed and fed.

74. Mace Tyrell (Previously 72nd)

Mace

Still worthless.

75. Maester Pycelle (Previously 73rd)

Pycelle

Why is he still here? Seriously.

Anyone too high or too low in this week’s rankings? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.  Don’t forget to checkout The Piffcast, where we regularly discuss the show. 

 

More Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

S6 Ep. 4 – “Bow To Your Khaleesi”

S6 Ep. 5 – “What Willis Was Talking About”

S6 Ep. 6 – “The Ties That Bind”

S6 Ep. 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

S6 Ep. 8 – “I Choose Violence”

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Predicting the 2016 Emmy Nominees (Part I) – Drama

I’ve joked in the past that this is the post-Breaking Bad era, though it doesn’t totally feel like it thanks to Better Call Saul. You could say it’s more of the post-Mad Men era, after Jon Hamm rode off into the sunset with as many Best Actor awards as he could grab. Come July 14th, we’ll see which of our favorite shows, actors and actresses are getting the credit that we know their due.

Emmy voting will begin June 13th, as the networks and streaming services had from March 28th until May 2nd to make submissions. To qualify for this year’s Emmys, a show had to air from June 1st of 2015 to May 31st, 2016. This is why it feels weird when shows from last summer (forever ago) are nominated or may feel looked over from this past year. That’s why Mr. Robot Season 1 will be considered as well as HBO’s Show Me A Hero miniseries.

To prepare for the announcements coming in the middle of July, let’s speculate on which titles and whose names will be called as 2016 Emmy Nominees. Since there are 18 different categories, we’ll break the predictions up into 3 different “Parts” – Drama, Comedy, and Limited Series/TV Movies/Variety Shows. We’ll also determine the number of nominees based on last year’s total per category.

Beginning with the Drama Categories…

Outstanding Drama Series 

Game of Thrones (HBO)

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Last year’s winner has put together a very good follow up season. It’s filled with the twists and heartache that you’ve come to know Game of Thrones by, but also many more “wins” that viewers don’t normally get. HBO’s most popular show is just a few more years from wrapping up, there are more answers than questions and that’s been very satisfying.

Better Call Saul (AMC)

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The sophomore season of the Breaking Bad spinoff has established itself as something completely different from its predecessor, and it’s even better than the first. Whereas Breaking Bad was a suspenseful crime thriller, Better Call Saul is a slower paced Law Dramedy with some elements of the original series. Who knew such a hit show could be developed around a smaller supporting character like Saul, carried by comedic actors (Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean)?

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The fourth season of House of Cards felt like a much needed rebound from the third. Part of the suspense of this show is that you always fear the worst for anyone who gets in Frank Underwood’s way. The tearing down and rebuilding of his relationship with Claire, plus the relevance of an election campaign were especially compelling.

Mr. Robot (USA)

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Mr. Robot’s pilot episode was one of the best in recent years. It was an honest look into the world of hacking, not the superficial “CW spin” or goth look with a strand of hair dyed a different color. The show remained suspenseful and worth watching thanks to the performance of Rami Malek as the ultimate introvert protagonist, which cut through many of the pretentious themes and the blatantly “Fight Club” ripoff. It was still very refreshing and helped legitimize a network that really needed a hit.

Narcos (Netflix)

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Narcos was one of the big surprises of 2015 and had similar storytelling that you’d find in a Scorsese film. Even if most of the dialogue was in subtitles, you could argue that the action and acting helped make this take on the life of Pablo Escobar one of the most suspenseful show’s of the year.

The Americans (FX)

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For years, The Americans has been one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television but has only received two Emmy nominations, one for writing and a win for Margo Martindale’s guest appearance. With Mad Men finally ineligible and Homeland having a weak season (in my opinion), it seems to be now or never for the Russian Spy/Cold War thriller.

Downton Abbey (PBS)

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It was the farewell season. Has to be nominated, right?

Also Consider: 

Billions

 A personal favorite with some of the best writing this year. 

Horace and Pete

Louis C.K.’s web-drama. He didn’t feel he needed to promote it until he noticed nobody was watching it. You’ll be glad if you do.

Homeland

If so, it’ll be by reputation and not merit. Last year was not a good followup to a great 4th season. 

 

Outstanding Lead Actress

Robin Wright, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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Every year I try to predict this category, I go with Robin Wright (and usually lose). You could make an argument that her character shined even more than the iconic Frank Underwood this season.

Julianna Margulies, ‘The Good Wife’ (CBS)

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One of network television’s biggest hits in recent years also said farewell, The Good Wife, and their leading lady literally got slapped in the face (on the show). Hopefully the 12-time nominee will get some love from the Emmys make that feel better.

Tatiana Maslany, ‘Orphan Black’ (SyFy)

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There’s a lot to be said for an actress who plays as many characters as you can count on your hand, and you forget that each one is the same person…and also clones. I just recently jumped on the Orphan Black bandwagon and I get the hype now.

Krysten Ritter, ‘Jessica Jones’ (Netflix)

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In a world (movie trailer guy voice) where superheroes dominate the box office, they also have begun taking over the small screen as well. Netflix expanded the Marvel universe and is doing it the best on television with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. The latter has received more acclaim and credibility because of Krysten Ritter’s performance as the whiskey drinking, super-strength wielding private eye.

Eva Green, ‘Penny Dreadful’ (Showtime)

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I am unsure if there is an actress on television right now as scary as Eva Green in Penny Dreadful. She has this unbelievable ability to be so warm and then so terrifying in a blink of an eye. It’s about time she got some love for it.

Viola Davis, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ (ABC)

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Last year’s winner has clearly brought her Oscar nominated acting chops to TV and could be carrying the mantle for network representatives as Margulies seems to be putting it down…for now.

Also Consider:

Claire Danes, ‘Homeland’

I have no doubt she will snag one of the nominations from my predictions above, since she’s been nominated each of the last 4 years. Carrie Mathieson needs some new life, and thankfully the series is taking a year off to find it. 

Taraji P. Henson, ‘Empire’

Nobody puts Cookie in the corner.

Olivia Wilde, ‘Vinyl’

Olivia Wilde really did the best she could with a script that didn’t give her character enough credit. Hope they right that wrong in Season 2. 

Outstanding Lead Actor

Bob Odenkirk, ‘Better Call Saul’ (AMC)

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I love that Bob Odenkirk is where he is now. Comedy is one of the hardest things to do for an actor, and he’s a master of that. So it’s no surprise he’s turned the creation of Saul Goodman into something we all can’t seem to get enough of.

Kevin Spacey, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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You can imagine Spacey will be a staple in this category for as long as House of Cards is running. It’s very interesting how the character has aged in such a short span, but that may be the point the show is making with the “reality of being president”.

Rami Malek, ‘Mr. Robot’ (USA)

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Rami Malek makes Mr. Robot worth watching. He plays the role perfectly and keeps the viewer at edge with what will happen to him next.

Kyle Chandler, ‘Bloodline’ (Netflix)

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I’ll be honest, I didn’t like the newest season of Bloodline. It was too miserable for my taste, but Kyle Chandler’s acting was something worth rooting for. He presents John Rayburn’s fall from grace perfectly and it’s just so damn heartbreaking.

Liev Schreiber, ‘Ray Donovan’ (Showtime)

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Ray Donovan has one of the best casts on television, but the title character is why you watch it. Schreiber was nominated last year for the role, but his best acting was certainly executed in the most recent…I’ll reference the Season 3 finale as enough evidence to earn Schreiber a surprise win.

Damien Lewis, ‘Billions’ (Showtime)

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Both leads in Billions, including Paul Giamatti, deserve nominations. They played off each other perfectly but if one of them has to be named, it should be Lewis. In a day and age where Wall Street is the Big Bad Wolf (another Scorsese reference), Lewis portrays a hedge fund antihero of sorts…or villain you can’t help but cheer for because he is so well written.

Also Consider:

Paul Giamatti, ‘Billions’ 

For the reasons above, but as a Federal Attorney.

Bobby Cannavale, ‘Vinyl’

I didn’t really like Vinyl as a show but Cannavale’s performance alone is enough to watch all 10 episodes of the first season…so is the music.

Wagner Moura, ‘Narcos’

His performance as Pablo Escobar is so unpredictable, just the slightest movement makes you jumpy over what will happen next.

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Uzo Aduba, ‘Orange is the New Black’ (Netflix)

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Last year, Uzo Aduba shifted categories, from comedy to drama, and won again. If you ask me, she’s the best thing Orange is the New Black has going and I probably wouldn’t be looking forward to the next season if it weren’t for her. The erotic novelist arc of “Crazy Eyes” in season 3 was the most entertaining part of the most recent season.

Lena Headey, ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

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Mark my my words, Lena Headey is going to get a win before Game of Thrones is over. She gives some of most powerful performances and scenes on TV’s most talked about show, and her character has gone from hatable to fan favorite in just a year’s span.

Christine Baranski, ‘The Good Wife’ (CBS)

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Christine Baranski has been nominated for each of the last six years and hasn’t come away with a win. She actually has 14 total and hasn’t won since 1995. Her character delivers the aforementioned “slap heard around the world” and is rumored to be getting a spinoff, so she must be doing something right.

Maggie Siff, ‘Billions’ (Showtime)

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Maggie Siff was an absolute scene stealer in the first season of Billions and went toe-to-toe with both of the leads. If there was a “hero” type character on the show, it’s hers and she deserves all the acclaim she gets for her performance.

Constance Zimmer, ‘UnReal’ (Lifetime)

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UnReal is Lifetime’s saving grace from the victim formula movies and bad “Real Story” biopics. Constance Zimmer is a big reason for that, showing you the reality of producing reality television. She could be the breakout that the network needs to be taken seriously.

Regina King, ‘The Leftovers’ (HBO)

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Regina King is one of my favorite actresses, who will likely be nominated again for her role in the American Crime anthology miniseries. She was a great addition to The Leftovers and represents a whole bunch of actresses who could easily fill this category if needed.

Also Consider:

Joanne Froggatt, ‘Downton Abbey’

It’s Downton victory lap.

Maggie Smith, ‘Downton Abbey’

Same reason.

Sissy Spacek, ‘Bloodline’

The story is not much to write home about but there are multiple times you almost expect the Carrie hellfire to rain down on those opposite her. Great acting.

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Peter Dinklage, ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

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Dinklage’s role hasn’t been prevalent as it was in the latest season, but the performance has still been nomination worthy (6 episodes in). Actually, the scene he has taming the dragons could put him over the top again, when push comes to shove. It was everything we’ve come to love about Tyrion Lannister as a character and more.

Jonathan Banks, ‘Better Call Saul’ (AMC)

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The Mike storyline in Better Call Saul has the familiar suspense and danger that we knew and loved from Breaking Bad. Jonathan Banks may be the biggest reason some fans love the show, and I wouldn’t blame them.

Jim Carter, ‘Downton Alley’ (PBS)

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Like many of the other Downton Emmy contenders I’ve mentioned, it’s victory lap time for the show. It would just feel wrong to leave the 4-time nominee out.

Joel Kinnaman, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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The Killing alum Joel Kinnaman deserved more credit for his performance on that show, and he proved to have even more range after joining House of Cards. He should be nominated alone for making a Republican candidate seem…*gulp*…relatable. Even if it is for a short time.

Alan Alda, ‘Horace and Pete’ (LouisCKNet)

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The role may have originally been written for Joe Pesci (as Louis C.K. has admitted) but what ISN’T Alan Alda good in? It’s kinda funny seeing Hawkeye from M.A.S.H. play a character who represents almost everything he hates.

Also Consider:

Michael Kelly, ‘House of Cards’

If Kinnaman isn’t nominated, Doug Stamper totally will be. 

Christian Slater, ‘Mr. Robot’

He’s riding a lot of momentum after winning a Golden Globe for the award. 

Ben Mendelsohn, ‘Bloodline’

Mendelsohn is turning out to be one of my favorite actors as of late. He may get nominated based on reputation but his character does nowhere near enough as he had in the first season. He’s more of a symbol than a player. 

Stay Tuned for “Part II – Comedy” coming soon. 

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep6 “The Ties That Bind”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

I’ll be honest, I wanted more blood from this episode. While the Stark children are making big waves around the Seven Kingdoms, the Lannister siblings seemed poised to finally get some revenge on the High Sparrow. Even Margaery seemed happy to see Jaime about to charge the temple with Tyrell soldiers, and then Tommen threw one of the biggest of c-blocks you could imagine. While the people of King’s Landing were cheering, nobody at home was.

Meanwhile…

Bran got a big save, Arya said “F that noise”, Samwell had a horrible homecoming, a few old faces made themselves relevant again, and Daenerys looks more empowered than ever.

There were more additions than subtractions to the already 60+ Power Rankings, so try to keep up!

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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Hard to dethrone Khaleesi when she’s only getting stronger and more empowered. She’s now determined to get her ships to move toward Westeros (which Euron can provide). As I suspected last week, she was also reunited with her strongest dragon. Add Drogon to her arsenal that includes 2 other dragons, her Khalasar, Unsullied, Second Sons, and more freemen.

Daario makes a great point too. Unlike the Baratheons and her own ancestors, Daenerys wasn’t made to sit on a throne. She’s a conquerer. The episode ends with another heart pumping speech to serve as further proof of that.

2. Night’s King (Previously 2nd)

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Even after Hodor held the door, Meera and Bran didn’t seem to get too far. With a mark on Bran, the Night’s King can always track him. He also has a nearly invincible and ever-growing undead army…I say “nearly” because we know several different ways that White Walkers and Wights can be defeated, including dragon glass, Valerian Steel and fire.

So anyone with dragons and Valerian swords have serious upgrades in value when Winter finally comes.

3. Bran Stark (Previously 4th)

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I chose this still because, come on…Bran’s drinking rabbit blood and not flinching over it.

Bran is down Hodor, Children, and his direwolf but has gained his Uncle Benjen and assumed the role of Three-Eyed Raven. After what appears to be some intense Binge Watching of “Game of Thrones” (history), Bran now knows almost everything he needs to and needs to work on controlling his powers. If Benjen is right, Bran is going to be the most important line of defense against the Night’s King.

4. Sansa Stark (Previously 3rd)

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Sansa is now in full army building mode and has some excellent recruiters out making the calls for her. With Brienne going to see the Blackfish, Littlefinger (and the Vail) clearly infatuated with her, plus Davos, Jon and Melisandre recruiting the rest of the North, Sansa’s name and story are the clear rallying point for everyone to unite against Ramsay Bolton.

5. Jon Snow (Previously 5th)

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#BroodingJon has the allegiance of Castle Black, the Wildlings and Sansa. He is also being supported by Stannis’s top 2 advisors, Davos and Melisandre. The whole “half-brother” thing still makes his relationship with Sansa feel a little less like a partnership, but it still should be.

6. High Sparrow (Previously 12th)

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Biggest power move of the episode was Tommen’s alignment with the High Sparrow. Given Tommen’s naivety and total lack of assertiveness, the High Sparrow has taken the reigns pulling the strings of the king and also has the obvious approval of the people. I’m still not sure what the people love about the Sparrows, but that situation does serve as an example for how powerful religious propaganda can be in this world…especially for Tyrion in Meereen.

7. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 7th)

Tyrion

For now, Tyrion has made all the right moves to keep Meereen standing in Daenerys’s absence. There are still detractors, and some suspicious within his own council (Missandei and Grey Worm) but enlisting Kinvara to smooth over the tension with the Meereen freemen should help. The sooner Daenerys gets home, the better.

8. Queen Margaery (Previously 30th)

Margaery

I think we know that Tommen doesn’t make the alliance with the High Sparrow if Margaery doesn’t tell him to. The move doesn’t go over well for her father, grandmother or mother-in-law, but it certainly helps her avoid atonement and reasserts her power with Tommen and the people of King’s Landing. Based on what she told Tommen, I don’t think the situation bodes well for Loras at all.

9. Cersei Lannister (Previously 6th)

Cersei

Cersei has this unreal ability to look in control when things crumble around her. She calms down Jaime, although I would’ve loved to see him go all Tombstone Wyatt Earp on the Sparrows, and seems to be very confident in her Trial by Combat odds. The “Us against the World” mantra she has with Jaime certainly suggests she doesn’t care what happens if Tommen gets in her way either.

10. Brynden Tully (Previously NR)

Blackfish

All of a sudden, “The Blackfish” has become the hottest name in 3 different houses. The Starks, Lannisters and Freys are all concerned with his allegiance and his influence in the North. Walder Frey wants the Riverlands, which Brynden has control of. Sansa and Jon are family and need him when raising their army against Ramsay. Then there’s Jaime, who is being sent on an errand to make sure he does what the Freys say.

11. Benjen Stark (Previously NR)

Benjen

Game of Thrones has been very good this season about starting episodes off with something big. This time, Benjen saved the day with some impressive firepower and skills to clear out a Wight attack on Bran. As he tells it, Benjen is a product of the Children trying to right their wrong of creating White Walkers. He was saved the same way they were made, and seems to have developed some of the same fireball throwing skills as the Children. There’s a lot he can teach Bran and Meera too, while also protecting them.

12. Brienne (Previously 15th)

Brienne

Also heading to the Riverlands, besides Jaime and the Freys, is Brienne and the Starks’ chances of winning this war ride on her convincing Tully to help them out. Brienne has Jaime’s respect and his sword, Oathkeeper.

13. Ser Davos (Previously 8th)

Davos

As we’ve seen in the past with his pirate friends, Davos is an expert recruiter. Brienne and maybe Sansa may have their doubts about him, but there’s nothing we’ve seen to suggest Davos would turn on the Starks. Davos also seems to have a clear understanding of the real threat to humanity (the White Walkers) and that’s strong enough motivation for him to help unite the North.

14. Kevan Lannister (Previously 31st)

Kevan

Well, at least one Lannister is getting his way…Kevan seems to have drawn a clear line between he and his niece and nephew. He also likely had a good feeling his son, Lancel, wasn’t going to come out of Tyrell-Sparrow battle alive. As of now, The Sparrow is in Tommen’s head and Kevan is carrying out their orders.

15. Petyr Baelish (Previously 19th)

Petyr Baelish

As #TeamStark and #TeamRamsay compete in the arms race for the North, Littlefinger is still the wild card with the Vail’s army. I still have a hard time seeing him go against Sansa though.

16. Varys (Previously 20th)

Varys

Varys sassiness forever. Like Tyrion, he can’t wait for Daenerys to get home. When she returns to Meereen, we’ll have a better idea of what his role in her leadership will be. If Varys is as trusted as he hopes he is, he could reassert himself as winning the “central intelligence” battle with Baelish.

17. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 18th)

Euron

Daenerys wants boats? Euron’s got boats.

18. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 17th)

Ramsay

Another Ramsay-less episode! Woo!

19. Jaime Lannister (Previously 8th)

Jaime

Jaime takes a tumble for losing his standing with Tommen and title as Lord Commander. That doesn’t seem to deter him from wanting to lead the Lannister army, and ironically his interests may align with those he was originally at war with…Ramsay cut ties with the Lannisters by taking Sansa as his wife to make a move on the North. Why should he care if the Blackfish takes sides against the Freys and Boltons then?

His concern is making Dorne and the High Sparrow pay, so readying the soldiers he has wearing his family’s emblem to take them down seem to be the best course now. I also see Brienne playing a role with what goes down at the Riverlands as well.

20. Drogon (Previously 40th)

Drogon

He’s baaaaaaaack…Don’t you love the attention to detail Game of Thrones pays to dragon anatomy too?

21. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

Zombie Mountain

#UnleashTheMountain already!

Sidenote: How crazy would it be if the High Sparrow had The Hound all rehabilitated and ready to use in the Trial by Combat?

22. Tormund (Previously 16th)

Tormund

In the arms race for taking the North, Tormund has to convince his own people to follow Jon into battle and I think it’s clear he will.

23. Melisandre (Previously 14th)

Melisandre

Melisandre’s been quiet since bringing Jon back to life, but she is dedicated to helping him take Winterfell back. When recruiting goes down with the other Northern houses, you could imagine her sorcery and talents for persuasion will help in the effort.

24. Kinvara (Previously 21st)

Kinvara

We still don’t know the extent of Kinvara’s powers but we know they are very significant to what happens next. Until we see her and her priestesses in action, she’s going to tentatively hangout behind Melisandre in the rankings. If the Sparrow can get the people of King’s Landing and the King of Westeros to follow him based on religion, what will Kinvara be able to accomplish in Meereen with Daenerys?

25. Ser Jorah (Previously 9th)

Ser Jorah

I still feel very strong about Jorah going to the Citadel to get cured and a possible team-up with Samwell. That’s all speculation, but at least we know how motivated he is to get better now.

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 26th)

Tommen

Dance, Puppet King. Dance.

27. Daario Naharis (Previously 24th)

Daario

Mine suspicions that Daario helped the Sons of the Harpy organize against Daenerys (for the right price) remain, but he seems to get why she is so powerful. He’s also her second in command, at least until she reaches Meereen. If he’s smart, he stays on the winning side here. I think he’s incredibly smart, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

28. Arya Stark (Previously 34th)

Arya

I’m just so happy Arya is done fighting with sticks…and that she has Needle back. Being at odds with Jaqen and Waif may not be ideal, but at least she made a decision for the kind of person she wants to be. She saw no good reason to kill Lady Crane, so she prevented it from happening. She may be on her own again, but she’s more dangerous now after her training.

29. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 25th)

Edd

If Bran has to face the Night’s King at the wall, Lord Commander Edd will likely be there to help.

30. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 27th)

Rhaegal and Viserion

Daenerys seems to share a strong bond with Drogon than she does her other two dragons, and she isn’t as in control of Rhaegal and Viserion after chaining them. Good thing Tyrion found a connection with them…

31. Wun Wun (Previously 23rd)

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As it stands, Wun Wun is the biggest weapon in the Stark army.

32. Ghost (Previously 28th)

Ghost

Wun Wun may be the biggest, but Ghost could very well be the deadliest. He also has some siblings to get some revenge for.

33. Bronn (Previously 54th)

Bronn

WE FOUND BRONN! At least we did in the teaser for next week’s episode…Bronn has proven to be the most useful weapon for both Lannister brother and that should remain true after Jaime gives him “the biggest bag of gold” ever. Jaime seems intent on putting a dangerous group of assassins around him and Cersei to get their revenge, and apparently Bronn knows some.

34. Samwell Tarly (Previously 52nd)

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This was a huge episode for Sam. He went home, hoping Gilly and baby Samwell would be safe. He took a verbal beating from his father, was practically disowned, and then figured out that neither would probably be as safe as promised. The best thing he could do was bring the ones he loved with him and keep them safe by taking Heartsbane with them. Again, anyone with Valerian swords or dragons are better off than those without them.

35. Meera (Previously 29th)

Meera

Meera joins an elite group of White Walker killers that includes Jon Snow…and Samwell Tarly. I’m still very confident that some Reed history will repeat itself and she will help Bran like her father helped Ned.

36. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 22nd)

Jaqen

Jaqen’s mysteriousness is wearing thin. Sending Waif after Arya either seems lazy or like another test for his once-blind pupil.

37. Gilly (Previously 51st)

Gilly

Hey Gilly, hey….!!!

Her outburst on Sam’s father was awesome and probably the catalyst for him to rebel against him. You have to love her honesty and also her love for Sam.

38. Missandei (Previously 32nd)

Missandei

Missandei’s gotta love how big Daenerys’s leadership circle is getting…not.

39. Grey Worm (Previously 33rd)

Grey Worm

Where Missandei goes, so does Grey Worm.

40. Podrick (Previously 38th)

Podrick

Something big is about to go down at the Riverlands and Pod has a front row seat. Hopefully he does something else awesome to surprise us.

41. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 35th)

Yara

#TeamGreyjoy is in recovery mode. You would think they will be running into another one of our favorite characters while they do.

42. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 36th)

Theon

Theon seems to know his way around Westeros and the other houses better than Yara, but for now he serves her. Still extremely useful for their comeback though.

43. Ellaria Sand (Previously 41st)

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Call me when Dorne is relevant again.

44. Tyene Sand (Previously 42nd)

Tyene

Like…

45. Nymeria Sand (Previously 43rd)

Nymera

…I…

46. Obara Sand (Previously 44th)

Obara

…said.

47. Qyburn (Previously 37th)

Qyburn

Qyburn’s focus is usually where Cersei’s is. Right now, that’s preparing The Mountain for her Trial by Combat coming soon.

 

48. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 10th)

Onella

Big fall for the Queen of Thorns. Her army was basically rendered useless at the steps of the High Sparrow Temple. Her own granddaughter helped make that happen. Now all she can do is sit and shame Cersei (from what we see in the preview for next episode). I don’t think she’s totally done yet though, but I don’t know what she can do until Cersei’s trial.

49. Melessa Tarly (Newbie)

Melessa

Melessa was really sweet when welcoming Sam and Gilly to the Tarly home. She also seems to have some major influence over Randyll, as she went into his decision to keep Gilly and baby Samwell there. I’m not so sure if she’ll be as understanding of Samwell taking them all, and the sword, with him though.

50. Randyll Tarly (Newbie)

Randyl

Well, he seems pleasant…

Randyll was definitely as awful as Samwell had advertised. He also has some Yul Brynner (The King and I) to him. With Heartsbane missing, his backwards-ass ways don’t stand a chance against White Walkers and he will also likely be looking to get it back from his now disowned son.

51. Walder Frey (Previousy NR) 

Walder Frey

Walder’s creepy old and murderous ass is still kicking, apparently. Like he said, House Frey is the laughing stock among all of Westeros. Frey also can’t be held in favor with anyone who pledged their allegiance to Rob Stark either. He has one ace in the hole, Edmure Tully, but will that be enough to sway The Blackfish?

52. Robin Arryn (Previously 45th)

Robin

Just waiting for his Uncle Petyr’s next request…

53. Yohn Royce (Previously 46th)

Royce

…just thankful not to be thrown through a moon roof.

54. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 47th)

Aeron

Someone get this guy a paddle boat.

55. Smalljon Umber (Previously 48th)

Smalljon

Dead to the Starks.

56. Harald Karstark (Previously 49th)

Karstark

Dead to everyone else in the North if the rest of his house goes Stark.

57. Rickon Stark (Previously 50th)

Rickon

Hang in there, little buddy.

58. Waif (Previously 39th)

Waif

Raise your hand if you think she meets Needle soon.

59. Talla Tarly (Newbie)

Talla

The sweetest…but what was that thing about the guy Samwell’s father wants her to marry? That seemed like some possible foreshadowing.

60. Dickon Tarly (Newbie)

Dickon

Samwell’s bro seems like a total Westeros Bro. Not necessarily a bad one, just a product of his environment. You wonder if he’ll be tasked to hunt for Sam (they talked a lot about hunting). If he does go after Sam, will pull the bow on his own brother?

61. Zanrush (Previously 53rd)

Zanrush

Let’s see what this guy and Kinvara’s priestesses can do upcoming episodes.

62. Septa Unella (Previously 56th)

Septa

You live to see another day, Septa…Jaime is coming soon though.

63. Lancel Lannister (Previously 57th)

Lancel

…that goes for you too.

64. Lady Crane (Previously 58th)

Lady Crane

I don’t know how much Lady Crane we’re ever going to see again, but she was important enough to make Arya go against the House of Black and White.

65. Walder Rivers (Previously NR)

Rivers

The Blackfish owes this guy some payback…

66. Lothar Frey (Previously NR)

Lothar Frey

…him too.

67. Lhazareen (Previously 55th)

Lhazareen

We’ll see how highly Lhazareen is regarded when Daenerys returns to Meereen.

68. Izembaro (Newbie)

Izembaro

Might be the last we see of his Acting Troupe, but he is the one in charge of it.

69. Bianca (Newbie)

Bianca

What happens to Bianca now that Lady Crane knows she put a hit out on her? And does she get her money back for the job not getting done?

70. Edmure Tully ( NR)

Nephew Tully

I can’t even imagine what the Freys have been doing to this poor guy. He didn’t even want to get married!

71. Ser Loras (Previously 59th)

Loras

So Margaery sold him out…although I think he technically asked for that?

72. Mace Tyrell (Previously 60th)

Mace

MACE HAD HIS CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING OF SIGNIFICANCE AND HE LOOKED STUPID TRYING. I mean c’mon, someone had to lead his horse for him.

73. Maester Pycelle (Previously 61st)

Pycelle

*Louder Fart Noise*

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More Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

S6 Ep. 4 – “Bow To Your Khaleesi”

S6 Ep. 5 – “What Willis Was Talking About”

S6 Ep. 6 – “The Ties That Bind”

S6 Ep. 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

S6 Ep. 8 – “I Choose Violence”

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